Ipswich teenager claimed he had kitchen knife in town centre for protection

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich teenager who claimed he was carrying a kitchen knife in the town centre for protection has been given a community order.

Christon Duberry, of Kelly Road, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to possessing a knife in a public place.

The offence occurred on May 15 in Falcon Street.

Prosecutor Tess Mann said a police officer was on patrol around the area of Revolution nightspot in the early hours.

The officer saw 19-year-old Duberry, who was carrying a can of lager, with two other males.

Duberry and his friends moved away for a while. However, about 25 minutes later the officer was approached by a member of the public who said Duberry had a knife in his bag.

After being spoken to Duberry admitted he had the knife, saying it was for his personal protection.

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Mrs Mann said the teenager added his mother would “go mad” if he she found out he had taken it.

The court was told the knife had a four-and-a-half inch blade. Duberry – who had no previous convictions - had it in a black manbag across his chest.

John Hughes, representing Duberry, said his client had been having a difficult time in the area where he lives.

Magistrates were told the teenager had been taken to Ipswich Hospital’s accident and emergency department a week or two before the offence after he had been assaulted.

Mr Hughes added: “He is regularly picked upon.”

Duberry was sentenced to a six-month community order with an attendance centre requirement.

He was also given a 12-week curfew from 7pm to 6am every Saturday and Sunday.

In addition Duberry must pay £15 costs and £85 to the victims’ fund.

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